Blue Key Honor Society Tradition
“Serving I Live”
Blue Key National Honor Society was founded in October of 1924 at the University of Florida. The second chapter in the national organization was established at The University of Georgia in 1926, and for nearly nine decades, membership in this organization has been considered one of the highest honors on campus.
Blue Key recognizes junior and senior men and women of outstanding character and ability who have achieved distinction for scholarship and recognition for service and leadership.
An important tradition of The University of Georgia Chapter is the Blue Key Alumni Banquet which was designed to bring together business and government leaders from across the state to participate in a dinner program hosted by the student Blue Key members. The Banquet also has served as an occasion to present an annual Blue Key Award from the student chapter to distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to The University of Georgia, the state and the nation. Over one hundred such awards have been given since the Chapter was founded.
The concept for the first Blue Key Banquet, held in 1963, is credited to John Tucker Dorsey II. An accomplished student leader at the University, Tucker Dorsey died in an automobile accident in December of 1965, returning home for the holidays. In June of 1966, he was awarded the A.B. degree from The University of Georgia in absentia.
In Tucker’s memory, the UGA Blue Key Chapter named the Awards Banquet for him and his friends initiated the Tucker Dorsey Memorial Scholarships.
Tucker Dorsey’s father, the late Jasper N. Dorsey, was a devoted University of Georgia alumnus who maintained a special interest in Blue Key throughout his long association with campus activities. Jasper Dorsey served as both national president of the Alumni Society (1967-1969) and as chairman of the UGA Foundation Board of Trustees (1977-1979). He helped found the Young Alumni Council, and in 1970, Dorsey received the Alumni Merit Award. In 1967, he received the Blue Key Award.